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California Supreme Court decision on statute of limitations could alter certainty in courts, experts say

Amanda Robert Mar. 23, 2017, 6:40am

SACRAMENTO - How the California Supreme Court decides a narrow case involving the statute of limitations for prenatal exposure to toxic substances could lead to uncertainty in the state’s litigation system, legal and business experts say.

Civil Justice Association of California warns California employers of fair employment rules after high-profile case

Charmaine Little Mar. 18, 2017, 1:09pm

&&& John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, recently warned employers to exercise caution in incidents related to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FMLA), citing a high-profile lawsuit filed by a hospital baker.

Automotive Recovery Services sued for alleged nonprotections of donor information

Laura Halleman Feb. 5, 2017, 4:42pm

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A San Bruno resident has filed a complaint against Automotive Recovery Services, alleging that her personal information was not protected against hackers when she donated a car to charity.

Some want to see restrictions on local-government use of private attorneys

Taryn Phaneuf Feb. 5, 2017, 4:11pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. — While district attorneys and attorneys general who sometimes hire private attorneys to help bring consumer-protection cases see it as a way to match resources with business giants, some civil-justice reform groups continue to scrutinize the practice in California.

Concerns raised over increasingly sophisticated marketing by tort trial lawyers

John Breslin Jan. 27, 2017, 11:18am

Trial lawyers hoping to bag as many clients as possible when launching mass tort campaigns can attend conferences where they learn about the latest marketing and data mining techniques to be used to rack up the biggest numbers possible.

Eastern District of California collects $49 million through criminal, civil actions

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 11, 2017, 11:39am

SACRAMENTO — The Eastern District of California collected $49 million in criminal and civil enforcement actions and, with the help of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other offices, an additional $3 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Outgoing CJAC president reflects on Prop 65, housing crisis, asbestos litigation and recent Judicial Hellhole report

Karen Kidd Dec. 28, 2016, 12:08pm

Only days before the end of Kim Stone's time as the third Civil Justice Association of California president, American Tort Reform Association released its latest Judicial Hellholes list, ranking the state No. 2.

John Doherty to replace Kim Stone as president of CJAC

Tara Mapes Dec. 11, 2016, 10:24pm

SACRAMENTO – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has anounced that John Doherty, vice president of politics and policy, and general counsel of TechNet, as the named successor to president and CEO Kim Stone, who will be passing the torch to Doherty Dec. 15.

Kim Stone departing CJAC, but plans to continue her fight for justice

Tara Mapes Nov. 28, 2016, 12:19pm

SACRAMENTO – Kim Stone, president and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC)  will be departing the firm after six years at the helm.

Lawsuit alleges Facebook ads are discriminatory

Dee Thompson Nov. 17, 2016, 6:24pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook alleging civil rights violations in its ads.

1-800Contacts allegedly violated antitrust law, faces two lawsuits

Robert Lawson Nov. 7, 2016, 7:58am

SAN DIEGO — 1-800Contacts is facing action from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and two civil lawsuits stemming from alleged antitrust law violation and unfair business practices.

Legal reform groups criticize lawmakers' resuscitation of PCB public nuisance litigation

Daphne O'Neal Oct. 16, 2016, 2:32pm

SACRAMENTO - In a move that has some legal observers scratching — if not shaking — their heads, the California state legislature pushed through in September two measures aimed at giving the cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose standing to refile PCB waterway contamination public nuisance claims against Monsanto.

Activists working to 'freak out' moms is fueling litigation, says director of 'Culture of Alarmism Project'

Ann Maher Oct. 6, 2016, 3:16pm

SACRAMENTO - Courts in the Northern District of California are fertile ground for consumer class actions that take aim at commonly known products or brands that have been around for generations.

Oral arguments still not set in appeal of $1.15 billion lead paint case

Ann Maher Sep. 30, 2016, 4:54pm

SACRAMENTO - Paint manufacturers ordered to abate lead paint inside millions of private residences across the state still await hearing on appeal nearly three years since a trial court entered a $1.15 billion judgment.

California arbitration bill draws opposition, would force cases out of state

Dawn Geske Sep. 30, 2016, 8:00am

SACRAMENTO – Opposition has formed against an arbitration bill designed to increase time and cost burdens for arbitrators in California.

Are out-of-state plaintiffs clogging California courts?

Seth Sandronsky Sep. 14, 2016, 4:25pm

SACRAMENTO - A new study by the Civil Justice Association of California details the volume of product liability cases that out-of-state plaintiffs filed in Los Angeles and San Francisco against pharmaceutical companies between January 2010 and May 2016.

Class action says Post advertising Shredded Wheat as 'natural' is deceptive

Jackie Strawbridge Aug. 26, 2016, 8:23pm

SAN JOSE – The cereal company Post Foods has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over its use of the word “natural” on branding and advertisements of Shredded Wheat.

California is ground zero for ADA lawsuit abuse

Seth Sandronsky Aug. 9, 2016, 8:49am

SACRAMENTO - State Rep. Ken Calvert, (R-CA) spoke out against abusive litigation brought on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) earlier in the state's legislative session saying that businesses ought to be given a reasonable period of time to fix access problems.

California Supreme Court to hear appeal of controversial drug liability case

Brent Zell Jun. 23, 2016, 6:12pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Imagine Taco Bell being sued by someone who got sick from eating food from Chipotle.

Pending ruling expected to clarify reach of medical marijuana amendment

Karen Kidd Jun. 7, 2016, 7:56pm

WASHINGTON – A pending federal appeals ruling has many medical and recreational marijuana legal observers speculating over how legislation, sponsored by two California law makers, will be interpreted while others are waiting for the ruling itself.